Sunday, January 31, 2021

Confession of a Recovering Perfectionist

This post is being written and shared to hopefully help anyone who may have struggled with perfectionism, and or, being a Father-pleaser. I am a Hospice Chaplain and every day I listen to dying persons share their life stories. Some share the positive moments that have carried them throughout their life and others relate the hurtful and negative experiences that have wounded them. The majority of these wounds are still painful, even as these persons are facing their own death. As a result of being an active listener, I, in turn, do my own life review on a regular basis, almost daily! I rehearse my own positive and negative experiences that I know have helped to shape who I am today.

Until about twenty years ago I was a certified perfectionist. This definition was so true of me: a person's striving for flawlessness and setting high-performance standards, accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others' evaluations. I expected things to be a certain standard and I was disappointed when it fell short. I began to change slowly as I started accepting the truth that everyone and every situation is different, with different expectations and outcomes. I learned that I was not always right or that my opinions were the only way. I admit that I still have a measure of it but I purposely fight the desire to view life from a perfectionist mindset.
Another personality trait I have struggled with throughout much of my life has been being a Father-pleaser. From my earliest memory, I wanted to please my natural father. I desperately desired to please him and for him to be proud of me. I desired to not make mistakes and to have Daddy's approval. The reality is that I made many mistakes and often disappointed him. My problem is that I tried to earn his approval.
How often this is true of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Our efforts to please God and to earn His approval describe a frustrating and defeating lifestyle. Nothing that we can do will ever prove adequate to obtain God's acceptance and pleasure with us. These efforts will always fall short of perfection. I am so glad I am learning each day that I can never please God by what I do or don't do but that He loves and accepts me just because God loves me. God's love is unconditional!
When we can learn to accept ourselves as recipients of this amazing grace of our Heavenly Father then we can begin to live in new freedom. We recognize that even with our imperfections God continues to love us. We are free to please Him from grateful hearts. Our response to His graciousness is life-changing. Even when we make mistakes God continues to love us. I attempt to convey this truth with dying patients, in hopes that this revelation will free them from feelings of guilt and self-condemnation. How much more can each of us walk each day in this blessing!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Endure Hardship

Hardship can mean a lack of comfort and deprivation. Some of you are often deprived of sleep. In turn, this becomes a hardship. Paul said, You, therefore, therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 2:3.

When I was a soldier in combat I averaged only 2 hours of sleep a night. I was deprived of sleep and when I went on R&R I slept the first two days and nights without waking up. My body had been deprived and had suffered. Hardship comes in different forms but a mature Christian, like a good soldier, develops endurance during hard times. According to the Bible, hard times may come to our country in the future. Now is the time to develop endurance before it arrives!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Suffering Has Come to America


God speaks to us in many different ways. One of the ways I have learned to hear the Lord is through my Christian friends that I trust. Dreams and visions are also biblical. During the 70s I was privileged to receive solid teaching from anointed Bible teachers such as Derek Prince, Kenneth E. Hagin, Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland, Bob Mumford, Lester Sumrall, Bob Jones, and Ken Sumrall. I learned about the principles of faith, who we are "in Christ," spiritual warfare, healing, and the power of the blood of Jesus. Two of the biblical doctrines not taught or understood during that time were suffering and persecution. We knew that Christians were suffering and being persecuted for their faith in Communist countries but here in America, we emphasized God's blessings. There is nothing unbiblical about being blessed by God but suffering and persecution are also biblical. Both are important Bible doctrines. A study of the Apostle Paul clearly reveals the power of sharing in the sufferings of Christ. Hello America and hello American believers! Suffering is staring us in the face. I heard from God this morning through a dear friend in Christ, Joy Samford. Joy sent me a video of Devin Wallace referring to her dream from the Lord. In the dream, the Lord was revealing to her how suffering is now ahead for the people of God in America. Actually, suffering has already begun.
I immediately made a short video about suffering and quoted 2 Corinthians 1:5. For the more we suffer for Christ the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. I felt a stirring in my spirit that one of my assignments now is to bring short teachings about suffering and the role it plays in a Christian's life. I have been teaching for the past year about our need to prepare for difficult days ahead but God wants me to also teach about preparing for suffering and hardship in America. I keep hearing this verse in my spirit, Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

I believe the Lord would have me post a short video about suffering and hardship each day for the rest of January. I don't have a congregation in a building but I feel God has given me a small congregation through social media. Pray for me as I prepare these teachings and I will be praying for those who will hear.

Friday, January 1, 2021

2021 Prophetic Word

 


There will be people used by God in 2021 that thought that their days of influence were over. Some will be used in the new government of our nation and a prophetic wisdom mantle will be placed on their shoulders. Government leaders will seek your counsel and you will see new paths of direction even before they materialize. The new government will be built upon the integrity of God's Word. Words of God will flow profusely from Washington, DC to state capitals, and then will trickle down to towns in every state. No longer will the Bible be muzzled in this land. The coming great awakening of the eyes of Americans in January will make way for the Great Awakening of the Holy Spirit.

Do not be surprised if your debt is eliminated during this year. Watch as our present currency is overhauled and becomes valuable again. It will become more than a promissory note on printed paper. The Bible described the cancellation of all debt as the Jubilee Year. Not only was it a year when debts were forgiven, but the mercies of God were also particularly manifested. In 2021 the currency of Heaven will be mercy on our nation! Imagine a nation where we owed no man anything but to love one another. Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. Romans 13:8


Monday, December 28, 2020

How to Prepare

I began posting 6 years ago about the need to "Prepare" for difficult times ahead. Those times are here. Jesus referred to these times as "the beginning of sorrows." I don't feel that I am an alarmist but a realist. I am one who "sees" the present and also the days ahead. Biden said that this will be a dark winter and Trump said our best days are still ahead. I see both happening simultaneously. Faith says that darkness does not have the ability to suppress or to hold the light under its domain. Even in the midst of a dark winter the light of God overtakes the darkness. It is the beginning of sorrows and the beginning of the great awakening!

I was criticized for saying we need to store emergency food but I have not allowed criticism to stop me from telling people to prepare. I also believe that God will provide. As the old gospel song said, "God will take care of you, Through everyday o'er all the way. He will take care of you, God will take care of you." Which way is right? I believe both ways are right.
Here is my basic list of ways to practically prepare:
1. Food & water
2. Basic essentials
3. Alternative source of power
4. Alternative source of communication
5. Alternative ways to cook
6. Protective weapon
7. Full tank of gas in your vehicles
8. Alternative source of money (silver coins, gold)
9. Prepare to plant a small garden
10. Way to collect rainwater & purification tablets
11. Alternative method of transportation (bicycle)
Prayer life, Bible reading & study, inspirational books, CDs, small worship gatherings with neighbors.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

There is Something Happening Here

 

 

Bob Dylan has a song Ballad of a Thin Man and the chorus is "Because something is happening here but you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mister Jones?"

This secular prophet is saying something to those who have ears to hear, "Because something is happening here but you don't know what it is." Yes, there IS something happening here and it is always the darkest just before dawn. In Genesis 1:2-3 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light,' and there was light." Throughout the Earth, there is a feeling of emptiness and chaos. Nobody knows what is happening but they know something is happening. It seems out of control but even in this darkness, the Spirit of God is hovering.
On Christmas morning, just before dawn (6:30 am), an explosion shook Nashville and for many shook us from our stupor. This will prove to not be someone committing suicide but the beginning of a series of events that will shake America. Americans will be shocked to learn of deep dark secrets that have steadily dimmed the light of freedom for decades. Gross darkness has covered our land. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isaiah 60:2. Notice the attack happened on Christmas morning! It was not an accident.
God has a destiny for America to fulfill and He is not finished with this nation but we are very close to His judgment. Read all of Isaiah 60 and you will see that God will have mercy. The Spirit is hovering over the darkness and the light is about to shine. He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light. Job 12:22
There is a deep state of evil in our nation and it affects the entire world. The nation as God intended has been stolen. Jesus said, "The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy." It is as simple as good versus evil! Those who do evil have attempted to steal the liberty God gave to America in its creation. These are evil men and women manipulated by satan and his demonic powers. Satan comes to destroy that which is good. These men and women have no conscience. Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. 1 Timothy 4:1-2.
The blood of the innocent cries out for truth and justice. These traitors to America will be exposed and their power will come to an abrupt end. Their wealth will be nothing more than bags with holes. The perpetrators of sins against children will suffer the greatest judgment. There are leaders in America who have played significant roles in the child trafficking and drug industries. They will be exposed to the sick creatures they truly are. They sold their souls for money and power. Just before their exposure, many will fake their own death and commit suicide. Those who slandered the President will receive their just reward. Those who committed treason against America will be put to death. The blood of innocent veterans will be avenged.
Mr. Jones in Bob Dylan's song is every true American patriot. Our eyes are being opened to the truth and we know what is happening. Our eyes shall see the glory of the Lord in our land once again!

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Remnant of Spiritual Patriots

"So also at the present time, there is a remnant, chosen by grace." Romans 11:5 Those of His people whom He had set aside for holy purposes, those He labels as “remnant.” This is a spiritual remnant.

A nation has a general population who enjoy all the benefits of being a citizen. A nation also has those who are patriots; persons who vigorously support their country and are prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. Patriots are the remnant within a nation of citizens who are willing to die for the preservation of the country they love.

God also has a remnant of spiritual patriots within the nation who seek first the kingdom and are committed to protecting that liberty against all deceptive tactics of the enemy. Are you in the remnant of America?